A very, very nice Harry Colt layout. At around 6,400yds, it's a bit on the short side - but with the prevailing wind and usual fast running heath land layout, this is a very challenging course.
No fake scores to be had here, I'm afraid. This a a stern but fair test. Standout holes for me:
Short par-4 5th - really nice risk and reward driveable par-4.
Stunning par-3 6th - getting on the green is the start of your problems!
Controversial par-4 7th - sublime 2 shotter.
Really clever par-3 8th - became a firm favourite over time with the ridge running diagonally across the green front from left to right.
Classic long par-4 13th - two quality strikes (like the 7th) to hit this one in regulation.
I say controversial 7th due to the differing opinions I see on reviews.
For me, it's a fantastic hole using the natural terrain. I've hit everything from 7-iron to 3-wood into the green. The feeling of hitting it in regulation and making a 4 is what makes it great.
And what's not to like about the approach shot into the 16th? Stunning with a slippery green - a strong par-4.
I've always liked the 17th. Visually pleasing elevated tee shot with copse of trees pinching in on the right and angled trees and gorse on the left.
So many options and when protecting a good score, it offers a birdie chance, or triple bogey chance depending on how you decide to try and play it.
18th is a little underwhelming as a finish (16th would be a better finishing hole) but still a challenge, and the par-5's are both a little weak lengthwise.
But you'll struggle to find 4 finer par-3's than the 6th, 8th, 11th and 15th on any golf course anywhere! Colt classics.
Until Remedy Oak came along - this was definitely the best course in Dorset in my opinion (see Remedy Oak review). I used to think Parkstone was the prettiest, Broadstone the toughest and most rewarding and Ferndown usually the one in best condition. Remedy has shaken things up a bit and offers a length the others can't complete with.
But Broadstone is still a must-play if you're a fan of Harry Colt, or want to play quality golf in Dorset. It has history and a class of its own.
Date: May 22, 2021